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breastfeeding and the bible
Psalm 22:9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.
Breastfeeding was created by God's magnificent design. His children can receive more than food from the breast of their mother. What greater gift can a mother give her child than the gift God has given............breastfeeding.
In Isaiah 55, the scriptures declare that His ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts higher than our thoughts. His way to provide infant feeding is from mother to child.
But what do the scriptures have to say? Does God care that we breastfeed? Did he create infant feeding to be done only in privacy? Should Christians be made to feel guilty to nurse? Has the sexual aspect of the breast caused Mothers to feel shame to feed their children in the most nurturing way? Where have we come? From the Lady who came up to Jesus in Luke 11:27 and said, " How happy is the woman who bore you and nursed you!." to today with "I can't believe she is breastfeeding here!" God's design for breastfeeding is incredible (for every species). It contains everything needed for our babies. It is even different for the premature baby, to meets its specific needs (I totally believe that, because Braylynne gained 5lbs in the first month!). It changes to meet the needs of the growing infant. Breastmilk is a living substance, gives immunity protection, supports optimal growth and development. The colostrum ( the first milk) lines the gut of the baby to create a seal against pathogens and provides many other important functions.
"God shall supply all your needs"
Our needs are not simply met, but "supplied". An endless flow....
I Peter 2:2-3
"Be like newborn babies, always thristy for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved" As the scripture says, "You have found out for yourself how kind the Lord is"
What a beautiful metaphor! Just as new babies, fed by kind mothers, desire the milk that makes them grow, we should desire the word of God that comes through our kind Lord. Babies should long for their mother's milk. The process of breastfeeding will make them grow both physically, spiritually and emotionally when administered by a kind mother.
"You will enjoy her prosperity like a child at it's mother's breasts. The Lord says, "I will bring you lasting prosperity; the wealth of nations will flow to you like a river that never goes dry. You will be like a child that is nursed by it's mother, carried in her arms, and treated with love. I will comfort you in Jerusalem, as a mother comforts her child." God is depicting Jerusalem as a well loved nursing mother; a mother who provides nourishment and comfort from her breast. He says the people should be delighted with Jerusalem the way a baby enjoys the suckling and sustenance from his mother. God promises peace and glory to her so that the people will have their physical needs met as a baby does when nursed, they will have security as a baby who is carried on his mother's hip, and they will have joy as a baby does when it is played with in his mother's lap. God used the word GLORY to symbolize breastmilk! God clearly has an appreciation for mothers who show their love and compassion for their babies through close physical contact that includes breastfeeding, being carried, and play. When a child nurses, his spirit is being fed as well as his body, and he is learning the character, and affection of God.
"Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes..."
Here it is obvious that nursing publicly and in church is in God's will!
"He will feed his flock like a shepherd, He will gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those who are with young."What a blessing to be carried by our Lord in His bosom. Carrying our babies in our bosom is also important because this is where they are most content. Using slings instead of carriers, strollers, playpens, and swings. We need to be attached to our babies, not detached with these items.
Once the baby is born, we begin nurturing the babe at the breast. God created us with breasts to nourish babies. This is His divine plan. God gave breasts, not only for the beauty of a woman's figure, but to function. When we breastfeed, we embrace our womanhood and the way that God so intricately and wondrously designed our bodies. The mother who is nursing her baby is bound to her baby. She finds it hard to leave her baby with a baby-sitter. This is God's plan. He does not intend for mothers to leave their babies after a few months to pursue their career. We already have a more important career. Breastfeeding ties them to one another.
Right from the very beginning, we as mothers have the privilege of showing to our children a little of what God is like. In the womb the child's trust is in God for sustenance through us. Then as the little babe nurses at his/her mother's breast, this baby learns to trust. He/she knows that life, sustenance, and comfort will always be there. Nursing a babe at the breast is a powerful work. Not only are we nourishing our baby, but also we are teaching them, right from birth, what it means to trust in God.
The advantages of later weaning are more than physical. In fact, as the baby grows and enters the second year, the mother is not necessarily feeding her baby for sustenance as he can get that from other food. We continue to nurse to satisfy his inner needs that are just as important as his physical.